Suicide in Men – Possible trigger warning, this article talks about people ending their life through suicide, if you feel it may trigger you please contact us for support alternatively the Samaritans phone number is 116 123.
Suicide rates in men across the UK have been increasing in recent years, indicating a widespread crisis with no immediate signs of abating. Alarmingly, a recent study conducted by the Samaritans found that suicide is the leading cause of death in men under the age of 45 in the UK, with men three times more likely than women to commit suicide. Although there are no easy answers when it comes to reducing the instances of suicide in society as a whole, Horizon Plymouth hopes that increasing awareness of the mental health struggles males face, as well as actively promoting a reduction in mental health stigma, will encourage men who are battling suicidal ideation to seek out professional counselling. Such measures require broad societal change but are necessary to save lives.

Why are the suicide rates higher in males?

The answer to this question is one that experts are continuing to study in order to gain more clarity. Although it seems that women attempt suicide just as often or even more than men, the rate of successful attempts are much higher in men. This could be because men tend to use methods with a higher mortality rate such as gunshots and hanging, while many women attempt to take their lives by overdosing on drugs. This is a delayed reaction, which means more are able to be found and hospitalised before it is too late. However, many experts argue that the methods attempted can’t be the only reason for such a large difference between genders.
Although men experience mental health diagnoses at a similar rate to women, they are much less likely to admit that they have a problem and seek help in overcoming that problem. This puts
them at a much higher risk for suicidal ideation or self-harm. Additionally, many men attempt to cope with depression or anxiety by relying on alcohol and drug use, further deepening their risk.

What are the warning signs of suicide?

Often, when men take their own lives, the loved ones that they leave behind are shocked and distraught, feeling blindsided and reporting that they had no idea the victim was struggling.
Although the warning signs that someone may be considering suicide can be difficult to detect, educating yourself about things to look for could help save a life.
  • Withdrawal from social supports and family members
  • Threatening, joking, or talking about hurting or killing themselves
  • Sudden mood swings such as extreme bouts of anger that are uncharacteristic
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Expressing that they feel hopeless about life, or don’t see a way out of their current
  • situation
  • Appear to be planning or getting affairs in order, including stockpiling equipment/pills
  • and giving away prized possessions
  • Sleeping too much or not at all
  • Disinterested in personal hygiene or appearances

How can suicidal ideation in men be treated?

Suicidal thoughts are a form of mental illness, and men who are dealing with thoughts of self-harm or suicide require professional counselling to help them overcome these struggles. It is important to remember that suicide is an incredibly complex issue that is informed by a complex array of circumstances and factors that are unique to any one individual’s life. There is no easy cure or quick fix. However, the expert counsellors at Horizon Plymouth are experienced in walking individuals through such complicated and sensitive issues. We are here to listen in order to help you heal, so don’t wait to seek help. Reach out to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced therapists today.
If you suspect that someone you know is at risk of self-harm or suicidal ideation, do not wait to seek help. Even mere minutes could be the difference between life and death. Contact your local 24/7 helpline or dial 999 to phone an ambulance for immediate assistance. Alternatively, the Samaritans are available, call any time, day or night. Whatever you’re going through, you can call them any time, from any phone for FREE:Call 116 123
Sometimes writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you understand them better:
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